Q: Are the steroids in my daughter’s asthma inhaler safe?

A: If your daughter has chronic asthma, it means that the airways that carry air to and from her lungs are inflamed, so that inflammation needs to be reduced to help her breathe.

Inhaled corticosteroids help ease inflammation in the lungs. The steroid in an inhaler is set at an extremely low dose and is not absorbed in any significant amount.

Even if your daughter is feeling better, being consistent with medication for childhood asthma is important: She still needs to continue using the inhaler to prevent the inflammation in her lungs from returning.

If you have more questions about dosage and long-term use of corticosteroids, talk to your child’s doctor.

Alexandra Cornell, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Pulmonology
OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital